KARVACHAUTH: A UNIQUE INDIAN FESTIVAL
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF KARVACHAUTH?
“Karva” is another word for “diya” (a small earthen oil-lamp) and “chauth” means ‘fourth’ in Hindi (a reference to the fact that the festival falls on the 4th day of the dark-fortnight of the month of Kartik as per Hindu calender). Karva Chauth is one-day festival celebrated by Hindu and few Sikh women primarily in Northern India. In this festival married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. With the advent of modern time, Karvachauth has gained a lot of popularity across entire India and now women from different religion and places outside of North India are also participating in this wonderful festival.
HOW DIFFICULT IS KARVACHAUTH FAST?
The fast is kept in such a high spirits by the married ladies that they don’t even drink a single droplet of water from the sunrise to the moon-rise. You might be thinking that how hard are these rituals to follow, aren’t you? Ironically, when you ask the same question to the married ladies, who are keeping these fasts, they happily take pride in it and they embark this day a very special for the love of their husband. Women feel the fast is not so difficult once you are deeply into the rituals and praying for your husband. Amazing, isn’t ?
WHAT TO WEAR OF KARVACHAUTH?
A special day means a special dress code. On this very special day all the ladies dress up in their traditional outfits along with their traditional accessories. As part of the dress code, the ladies also apply Mehendi (Henna) on their hands. Mostly, you will see women wearing Sarees with accessories such as bangles, earrings, necklaces etc.
HOW THE FAST ENDS?
In the night when the moon rises, the wife first of all worships the moon and then her husband. As part of the ritual, then Husband offers his wife the water, which wife drinks and then the Karvachauth fast is called-off, and it is then followed by a special romantic dinner date for the couple.